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Ludwig Von Mises, Fredrich August Von Hayek, Oscar Wilde


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"The essential characteristic of Western civilization

that distinguishes it from the arrested and petrified

civilizations of the East was and is its concern

for freedom from the state."

-- Ludwig Von Mises

(1881-1973) Economist and social philosopher




"The [classical] liberal, of course,

does not deny that there are some superior people --

he is not an egalitarian --

but he denies that anyone has authority

to decide who these superior people are."

-- Fredrich August von Hayek

(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974

Source: "Why I Am Not a Conservative," postcript to The Constitution of Liberty [1960] (Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1972), p. 402




"The form of government that is most suitable to the artist is nogovernment at all. ... One might point out how the Renaissance wasgreat, because it sought to solve no social problem, and busied itselfnot about such things, but suffered the individual to develop freely,beautifully, and naturally, and so had great and individual artists,and great, individual men. One might point out how Louis XIV, bycreating the modern state, destroyed the individualism of the artist..."

-- Oscar Wilde


Source: "The Soul of Man Under Socialism", in Oscar Wilde's Plays, Writings and Poems (J.M. Dent, 1930), pp. 281 and 283


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